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Minnesota downs Badger women, 65-50

Published On: Feb 12 2014 09:43:26 PM CST

MADISON -

The Big Ten's leading scorer, Rachel Banham, scored 19 points to lead the Minnesota Golden Gophers women's basketball team to a 65-50 win over the Wisconsin Badgers at the Kohl Center Wednesday night.

Minnesota opened the game with a 17-5 run and led at halftime 25-16.

The Badgers closed to within four points, 43-39 in the second half, but could get no closer.

Amanda Zahui scored 17 points for Minnesota as she made 8 of her 11 field goal attempts.

Taylor Wurtz led Wisconsin with 15 points as the Badgers shot only 33 percent from the field.

Minnesota is now 16-9 overall and 5-6 in the Big Ten while Wisconsin is 10-14 overall and 3-9 in the Big Ten.

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